As a young child, I witnessed the lack of resources for my single mother who was dying of Multiple Sclerosis. Not only was she without proper emotional and spiritual support, but so were her primary caregiver (my grandmother) and kids (my sister and myself). Knowing that so much more could have been done to ease this process—before and after death— I vowed to pursue end-of-life and healing work during my professional career.
For more than a decade, I have worked as a Funeral Officiant, Life-Cycle Celebrant, and Inter-Faith Minister. My initial training was through the Celebrant Foundation & Institute, the premier international educational institution focusing on ceremonies, celebrations, and rites of passage. Subsequently, I received a diploma of ministry at the One Spirit learning Alliance, an Inter-Faith Seminary in New York City. I have completed volunteer hospice training with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and received the Thanatology certification offered through the Open Center of New York. More recently, I completed training administered by the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), and now serve in that capacity.
“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.”